Interview With Author Andie Campbell
Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’ve written one book (so far) under the name of Andie Campbell (I should have a new release soon), one book under the name of April Cox, and one book under the name Mildred Armstrong.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Believe in Yourself: Nutmeg’s Story will be coming out soon. It’s about a little squirrel who believes she can fly, despite her friends’ insistence that she can’t. Desperate to convince them, she leads them up on a journey into the mountains to meet the wise old phoenix. Through this journey, her friends come to believe her, and Nutmeg becomes the world’s very first flying squirrel.
To be entirely honest, I wrote this as part of a school assignment. My friends each chose an animal to represent them, and then I wrote the story based on those characters. I do want to say that the animals do not actually represent my friends’ personalities, but there are a few inside jokes in there about some of them.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
At most I only write a few paragraphs at a time usually. If the words are really flowing, then I may write more, but sometimes it’s a sentence or even less before moving onto something else for a little while. This allows me to write everyday (or nearly everyday) even if I’m blocked.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Harry Potter for sure. Although I disagree with a lot of J.K. Rowling’s politics, I love the series. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer as well was a huge influence. While I’m not a huge fan of the series, her style of writing point of view is a huge influence on my own writing. I usually write in third person, but I try to maintain that narrative closeness in my novel writing.
What are you working on now?
I’m working on an urban fantasy novel series inspired by Harry Potter.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I’m still learning about marketing. When it comes to free publication, social media is your best friend, but I think having a website is helpful as well, although that you have to pay for. There are also other paid avenues that are important. Facebook ads and similar are relatively inexpensive as compared to other forms of marketing.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Keep writing, keep learning, and if it’s important to you to be a published author, then never give up.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Honestly, I can’t think of any at the moment.
What are you reading now?
I’ve mostly been reading children’s books to review for my blog and a little bit of fanfictions. I’m hoping to delve into some more novels soon.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I’m working on revising my first novel to hopefully get published within the next year.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
That’s a really tough one because I haven’t really read physical books in a long time–they’re all on the computer. I honestly don’t know. I’ve reread the Harry Potter series a few times already, and I used to read J.D. Robb’s In Death series, but I found one of the more recent books to be a bit offensive, so I haven’t been reading those so much. And, I haven’t found a new series that I really love to follow since then.
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